Welcome Incoming Freshman Parents/Guardians and Students

The summer is quickly passing and our thoughts turn to the start of school next month. There is great excitement and some apprehension as September rolls around. We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Freshman Information Sessions with Principal Stembridge. Many thanks to the four host families for making all of us so welcome. As we work to make the transition to high school as smooth as possible for all students, the following are some tips that may be helpful.

Bring your student to visit the school over the summer. South is a large school and initially it can be difficult to find your way around. The school is open every day in the summer from 8AM-4PM and we strongly suggest you come in and wander around with your child. Stop by the main office and pick up a school map or download one here. If you prefer, you can come several times for short visits, each time exploring a different area of the school, or just come once – whatever is most helpful to your student.

Watch your snail mail for a letter from South with important start-of-school information and keep the envelope as the label will list your child’s advisory room number (homeroom). This letter should arrive by August 15 and will include information about the school schedule, Arena Day registration process, and much more. In the meantime, please visit the Newton South website so that you can become familiar with it. It is a good idea to check the school calendar once a week as schedule changes happen frequently for various school programs.

Explore the Newton South PTSO website, especially the FAQs, where we’ve collected some answers to questions you may have. A look through older posts will give you an idea of what happens at the school during the year. The PTSO website is easily searchable in the “SEARCH THIS SITE” box at the top of the right column on every page of the site. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always email us at info@newtonsouthptso.org!